World’s Richest Shipping Families



The shipping industry (owning and operating container ships, ports and other shipping related businesses) has led to massive family fortunes all over the world.

Analysts at Alphaliner published a listing of Liner Shipping Billionaires on Tuesday.  A.P. Moeller-Maersk and its family fund with the net value of USD 21 billion are 2nd out of a total of 21 families on the 2013 survey.  Li Ka Shing, the world’s largest terminal operator, is ahead with USD 10 billion.

Norwegian-born shipowner John Fredriksen with USD 11.5 billion is the fifth on the list.  His primary interests are tank and offshore apart from ship financing and travel group activities.

Others included on the list are the Oetker family, Italian Gianluigi Aponte, who owns the world’s second largest container carrier, Swiss MSC and  Jacques Saadé, who controls French CMA CGM.

Alphaliner’s analysis reveals that terminal operators have generally been able to maintain the value of their fortunes.  Most ship owning families have seen reduction in their fortunes but lesser than the other shipping companies. 

Alphaliner: Liner shipping billionaires 2013

  1. Li Ka Shing & family 31.0 mia USD, Hong Kong
  2. A.P. Møller family & foundations  21.0 mia USD Denmark
  3. Iris Fontbona & Luksic family 17.4 mia USD Chile
  4. Robert Kuok 12.5 mia. USD Malaysia
  5. John Fredriksen 11.5 mia USD Cyprus
  6. Oetker family 9.2 mia. USD Germany
  7. Klaus-Michael Kuhne 9.0 mia USD Germany
  8. Gianluigi Aponte & family  8.0 mia. USD Switzerland
  9. Idan Ofer 6.5 mia. USD Israel
  10. Eyal Ofer 6.0 mia. USD Israel
  11. Dennis Washington 5.2 mia. USD United States
  12. Enrique Razon, Jr. 4.5 mia. USD Philippines
  13. Gautam Adani 3.1 mia. USD  India
  14. Yildirim family 2.9 mia. USD Turkey
  15. Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary 2.8 mia. USD Malaysia
  16. C.C. Tung & family 2.6 mia. USD Hong Kong
  17. Jacques Saadé & family  1.8 mia. USD France
  18. Döhle family  1.7 mia. USD Germany
  19. Chang Yung Fa & family 1.5 mia. USD Taiwan
  20. George M. Logothetis & family  1.0 mia. USD Greece
  21. Chen Chao Chuan & family 1.0 mia. USD Taiwan

Source: Alphaliner